New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by connyro » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:45 pm

I agree with LoFi and LAA. Koms with 3-pins and light plastic boots would be ideal IMO.

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Alxtomlinson » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:37 pm

What length would you go for that ski? I'm 5'9" and 175lbs

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Lo-Fi » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:13 pm

I'm a touch taller and heavier(!). 162cm is what I have and is what is recommended. They are supremely manoeuvrable and still ski like a ski.

150cm is too short. 172cm if you had big open terrain or were much larger.

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Alxtomlinson » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:24 pm

What about the OAC xcd 160 ski? How would that compare?

Also I saw this video of a Finnish guy catching some fun terrain with them in their snowboard like binding.

OAC XCD 160

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Alxtomlinson » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:32 pm

Also I found this:

Looks like a fun time, hes using sorel boots. My Salomon x adv 6 boots would be a bit stiffer.


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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Woodserson » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:44 pm

I'm going to "third" the KOM. It's a real ski, it's fun, it's dependable, there are no gray areas.

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Alxtomlinson » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:31 am

I get it when you say real ski. I've been looking at this type of ski, like the rossi bc 90 or G3 findr. I'm not looking for a high alpine tele ski, but the vids I've seen of people ripping through powder in the trees make me realize how maneuverable this setup I. Just a bit spendy, not quite the price of an at setup, but getting steep.

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Lo-Fi » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:40 pm

I've tried short skin-skis like the Black Diamonds. They climb amazingly. I also found them very start-stop grabby for the down; quite challenging, actually. Far less of a smooth skiing feeling. Sort of stating the obvious here, but its like skiing with skins permanently stuck on your skis!!! (Which it is)

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Jigz » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:58 pm

FWIW - I’m also a noob and have been having a BLAST on my simple set up.... Madshus Eon 195cm WAXLESS with a NNNBC AUTO binding. I am 5’10 and 170lbs.I’ve been skiing cut blocks, FSRs, looping trails around lakes, traversing a mountain and then skiing down (gently). And for a first set up I’m quite happy. It’s still a good touring ski, it still kick glides well, and it CAN turn... albeit not very well. The manufacturer said it themselves “this ski is built for the tour rather than the turn.” But today, I cut a few tele turns and I LOVED it. I fell... no doubt, I fell. The balance thing while skiing untouched powder of 3 feet and trying to learn tele was a good time. I fell, it was no big deal.

My boot is NNNBC Rossignol x10, and it’s way too soft. I want the Alaska’s, or Madshus apparently made a boot that as was supposed to be even more supportive than the Alaska, don’t know the name. My x10 is comfortable, warm, works really well, but a little whimpy (in my little experience).

I grew up snowboarding, learned how to ski when young and never REALLY did it again. Really started this season... having a BLAST.

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Re: New to xcd, need help figuring out gear for rivervalley exploring

Post by Nick BC » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:36 am

I think you are referring to the Madshus Glittertind boot.

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